Ship Construction book cover

Ship Construction

Ship Construction, Seventh Edition, offers guidance for ship design and shipbuilding from start to finish. It provides an overview of current shipyard techniques, safety in shipyard practice, materials and strengths, welding and cutting, and ship structure, along with computer-aided design and manufacture, international regulations for ship types, new materials, and fabrication technologies. Comprised of seven sections divided into 32 chapters, the book introduces the reader to shipbuilding, including the basic design of a ship, ship dimensions and category, and development of ship types. It then turns to a discussion of rules and regulations governing ship strength and structural integrity, testing of materials used in ship construction, and welding practices and weld testing. Developments in the layout of a shipyard are also considered, along with development of the initial structural and arrangement design into information usable by production; the processes involved in the preparation and machining of a plate or section; and how a ship structure is assembled. A number of websites containing further information, drawings, and photographs, as well as regulations that apply to ships and their construction, are listed at the end of most chapters. This text is an invaluable resource for students of marine sciences and technology, practicing marine engineers and naval architects, and professionals from other disciplines ranging from law to insurance, accounting, and logistics.


Practising marine engineers and naval architects involved with basic ship design, structure and stability, particularly those working in shipyards, supervising ship construction, conversion, and maintenance; Marine engineering students

Paperback, 400 Pages

Published: May 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-097239-8


  • "Both now retired from teaching, Eyres…and Bruce…update their textbook (first published in 1971) from the 2007 edition. It introduces ship design and shipbuilding practice to advanced undergraduate students of marine sciences and technology. It can also be used as a study guide for the Extra Master examinations, and as background for students of shipbuilding itself."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


  • Preface


    Part One Introduction to Shipbuilding

        1 Basic design of the ship

        2 Ship dimensions, form, size, or category

        3 Development of ship types

    Part Two Materials and Strength of Ships

        4 Classification societies

        5 Steels

        6 Other shipbuilding materials

        7 Testing of materials

        8 Stresses to which a ship is subject

    Part Three Welding and Cutting

        9 Welding and cutting processes used in shipbuilding

        10 Welding practice and testing welds

    Part Four Shipyard Practice

        11 Shipyard layout

        12 Design information for production

        13 Plate and section preparation and machining

        14 Assembly of ship structure

        15 Launching

    Part Five Ship Structure

        16 Bottom structure

        17 Shell plating and framing

        18 Bulkheads and pillars

        19 Decks, hatches, and superstructures

        20 Fore end structure

        21 Aft end structure

        22 Tanker construction

        23 Liquefied gas carriers

    Part Six Outfit

        24 Cargo lifting arrangements

        25 Cargo access, handling, and restraint

        26 Pumping and piping arrangements

        27 Corrosion control and antifouling systems

        28 Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and insulation

    Part Seven International Regulations

        29 International Maritime Organization

        30 Tonnage

        31 Load Line Rules

        32 Structural fire protection



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